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HEAR, O THOU BOUNTEOUS MAKER, HEAR (HYMN)

– Lent –

Hear, O thou bounteous Maker, hear,

Our humble vows with gracious ear:

Turn not thy saving face away

Whilst on this solemn fast we pray.

 

Great searcher of our hearts, to thee

We here deplore our misery;

Behold, we to thy mercies fly,

Do thou thy healing grace apply.

– St Gregory the Great: Audi, Benigne Conditor (6th century)

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O THOU WHO DOST ACCORD US (HYMN)

O thou who dost accord us
the highest prize and guerdon,
thou hope of all our race,
Jesu, do afford us
the gift we ask of pardon
for all who humbly seek thy face.

With whispered accusation
our conscience tells of sinning
in thought, and word, and deed;
thine is our restoration
the work of grace beginning
for souls from every burden freed.

Trinity most glorious
thy pardon free bestowing,
defend us evermore;
that in thy courts victorious,
they love more truly knowing,
we may with all thy saints adore.
– Summi largitor praemii, 6th century
tr. John Williams Hewett

 
 

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